- File Size: 1873 KB
- Print Length: 400 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publication Date: November 7, 2011
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0064ND00O
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #954,489 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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~ Ann Charles, National Award-Winning Author of the Deadwood Mystery Series.
"Unexpected, intriguing, with a surprise lurking around every corner and sly humor sprinkledthroughout. D. L. Carter delivers a fun and memorable read with The Use."
~ Leigh Michaels
~ Jacquie Rogers, author of MUCH ADO ABOUT MARSHALS.
"A compelling fantasy romance that delivers a doubleshot of heat and magic!"
~ Amber Scott, Kindle Bestselling author of IRISH MOON (of the Moon Magick Series).
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First, I've got to caution the reader that this book does contain descriptions of sex. That should be obvious from the blurb, but if it isn't, you've now been warned. On the other hand, this book does not contain anywhere near the copious amounts of really pointless sex that the average romance novel does. In fact, most of the episodes of sex are more-than-usually realistic (yes, just "comfortable" *snerk*) and also serve the purpose of examining the characters' relationship with each other, rather than merely providing random titillation.
But even more surprising to me than the proper use of sex (pun intended) was the fact that this story's fantasy universe actually *works.* It has a believable past and a logical present. It has its own literature and fashion. It has a religion that is neither awesome nor evil and that is taken believably for granted by the characters. And (impressively) it doesn't try to reach so far beyond the needs of the story that it becomes confusing. I look forward to finding out more about this universe (before too long, I hope), but this book gave me enough to understand the story at hand completely.
In short, I was amazed. And then, at the end, my Kindle popped up its little "buy other books by this author" thingy, and I realized that I already had. In addition to Ridiculous, I also spotted a novel that's been sitting around on my Kindle for a while--thus far unread, but not for much longer: First Destroy All Giant Monsters.
Are there problems with this book? Yes, a couple. But they are insignificant. Why? Because the story and the writing more than overcome them. I only remember 2 or 3 small editing problems & there is a section in the story that is bogged down just a bit.
However, DO NOT let what I just said keep you from reading this book! You would be missing out on a great adventure into a unique world filled with intrigue and amazing characters. This book is a treasure. With great skill the main characters, Eioth and Halidan, are created on these pages to become genuine, their world authentic and easily seen your minds eye. So many elements brought together that will satisfy you on so many levels.
A Fully Satisfying Read! I am putting Ms. D.L. Carter on my 'Favorites' list!
This was a fascinating world where Elves (mostly from the Royal lines) are the ones who generally hold and wield Magic. Mortals are usually treated as second class citizens and servants. Prejudice exists against the mortals, although this begins to change slowly as the story develops. I especially enjoyed the blurbs at the start of the chapters from an ongoing sex magic book and a popular sex serial book.
I found the writing to be good, the plot interesting, and the story entertaining. If the main characters had been as engaging as some of the supporting characters, it would have been a 5-Star read for me. I do hope that there will be another book in the series, as I would enjoy reading more of this world.
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Therein lies the grain that becomes the pearl of the second book in the series.
I did think perhaps the seduction was a bit 'heavy handed' - but it actually illustrated some of that gap between classes.
I was very pleased to realise, when I found this on kindle, that the long awaited sequel is also now available.
As many other reviewers have said, it is not erotica (despite its original title and the inclusion of the cheeky exploits of Norfarland the Bastard which appear as 'book excerpts' from time to time). It is a delicate mixture of fantasy, adventure and romance - although fortunately not the usual saccharin-riddled bodice-ripping nonsense that some publishers pass as romance.
Our heroine, Halidan, is an educated mortal woman who loses her employment as tutor to The Matriarchs daughters when her father has the misfortune to be taken ill through old age. Having been given refuge at the Sanctuary whilst her father passes, she is noticed by the elven High Lord Eioth and employed as his personal librarian. But Eoith has his own secrets, having found a book on the use of sex magic and wanting to discover more about this subject.
This is a beautifully well written book and I am certainly looking forward to reading others by this author.
Wrong! A much more complex and imaginative story awaits the reader.
DLCarter creates an intriguing world where magic exists and elves are commonplace. Romance, political intrigue and a cinderella story all provide a wonderfully constructive plot.
Well written and a credit to the author. Can't wait to read more
The characters demanded my attention and emotion, both positive and negative as well as my time. There wasn't a moment that had me wishing something would happen, only that I had more time to read.
Well done and thank you.
I loved 'The Adventures of Norfarland'! One reader commented that she was not prepared for the amount of sexual involvement and that she found the book predictable. Well yes, I was quite surprised at first but some of the scenes were so farcical that I had to laugh. This book is not out to sell itself for the sex in it; most of the time that is just an integral part of the story. As Halidan said - when she first started reading Forfarland' s Adventures she would blush at the first hint of sex and quickly turn the pages until it was past! Quite frankly that's the best thing to do if you are uncomfortable and I admit that I still do that with some of the books that I've downloaded, but this book is different.
As for being predictable - I think all books are predictable to a certain extent.
One thing that I will say is that there are a number of quote worthy paragraphs in the book which were noted by other readers as well as myself.
I would highly recommend it to anyone who likes fantasy and magic and who is an adult - which today seems to mean 18+.